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Survey: Most Israeli Arabs Proud To Be Israeli, Supportive Of Our Fight Against Terror

Today,the Israel Democracy Institute released its annual Peace Index. You can download the entire document here, but I’ll summarize the findings some of you may find surprising – and all Israel haters will find inconvenient.

1. 61% of Israeli Arabs surveyed describe their personal situation as good, with a further 31% as not bad

So only 8% of Arabs here say their personal situation is bad. I dare you to compare that with the sentiments of Arabs in any Arab country.

2. These positive results apply whether Muslim, Christian or Druze

3. A majority of Israeli Arabs (51%) surveyed are optimistic about Israel’s future

4. Most Israeli Arabs (55%) surveyed are proud to be Israeli

5. 25% of Israeli Arabs surveyed most identify as Israeli, and only half that as ‘palestinian’

Even though Israel haters love to refer to Israeli Arabs as palestinians, the Israeli Arabs surveyed would mostly rather be thought of as Israeli. As the study says, this counters “the widespread claim that a major process of Palestinization has taken.”

Not only that, but more Israeli Arabs surveyed see their strongest identity as ‘Israeli’ (25%) over ‘Arab’ (24%)!

The preference to identify as ‘Israeli’ over ‘palestinian’ applies whether we are talking Muslim or Christian.

6. Most Israeli Arabs surveyed (52%) see Israel’s military-security situation as good

7. Most Israeli Arabs surveyed (54%) agree Israel should fight terror as we see fit

Another one to make the haters’ heads spin!

6 thoughts on “Survey: Most Israeli Arabs Proud To Be Israeli, Supportive Of Our Fight Against Terror”

  1. The numbers you shared are encouraging that Jews and Arabs can live together peacefully and productively in one state. But there are other figures in this report I find alarming. 77% of Israeli Arabs do not accept Israel as a Jewish state. 59% of Israeli Jews oppose Arab parties serving in any governing coalition. And these numbers only reflect the attitudes of Israeli citizens. The differences would only become more pronounced should Israel annex all or most of the West Bank, increasing the Arab population within Israel who harbor hostility toward the idea of Israel as a Jewish state.

    1. Considering the fact that one of the Arab MKs just got caught smuggling cell phones into jailed terrorists it’s not surprising that Jews oppose the Arab parties being part of any coalition.

      1. Agreed. I would not want any American elected to national office who did not swear to preserve, protect and defend America as a constitutional republic. Why would anyone support an individual serving in Israel’s national governing coalition who did not accept the fundamental principle that Israel was founded as a Jewish state?

  2. A lot of Israeli Arabs have “come around”, would be my guess – it’s not that hard to do that in deeds, even if not in words: looking at the surrounding countries, it would be hard not to be quietly thankful, even if one doesn’t want to admit it openly.

  3. Another stat to consider–some three-quarters of Arab Israelis would rather stay in Israel than live in any prospective “Palestinian” state, should one ever be established.

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